Where are they now? Radio interviews with two Access to HE learners

Link to the interview on the podcast here. http://canstream.co.uk/camden/index.php 

Bradley Moon gained an OCN London Access to HE Diploma in Medicine and Bio-Medical Sciences at City & Islington College. He has just completed his second year of a Bio-Medical Sciences degree course at the University of Westminster and is about to start a work placement at Basildon Hospital as a trainee biomedical scientist.

From an early age Bradley had dreamed of becoming a doctor. But the odds were stacked heavily against him as he had left school at the age of 16 with no credible qualifications. So he went to work as a refuse collector and then gained his HGV licence to enable him to drive lorries. Bradley describes the work as low skilled and totally “mind-numbing”. He says: “I couldn’t even get promoted within the company because of my poor GCSEs. My mother said to me: ‘You are where you are, as good as you’ll be. The best you can do is to aim for a job as a warehouse-man’.” But the dream of a career in medicine stayed in his mind like an itch he couldn’t get rid of.

Bradley started at City and Islington College by taking a pre-Access course alongside GCSEs in maths and English. He had to continue driving lorries for 30 hours a week in order to provide an income whilst studying part time, but also managed to fit in work experience in a centre for people with  neurological disease.

He then progressed onto Access to HE Diploma in Medicine and Bio-Medical Sciences which he passed with flying colours. Ironically, he received the results in a petrol garage whilst filling up the lorry. We wish him the best of luck as he starts his work placement at Basildon Hospital.

Matthew Clark gained an Access to HE Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences at City & Islington College. He has just graduated with a degree in Sports Science at University of Greenwich with 1st class honours and is about to start a year’s course training to be a teacher.  

Matthew began the course with very few formal qualifications and low academic confidence, but had some experience working abroad in an international school as an outdoor activities staff member.

Although he had achieved NVQ Level 2s in Plumbing and Catering, Matthew had no GCSE passes. He had also been diagnosed with dyslexia. Matthew aspired to become a qualified PE teacher but knew he needed to get more qualifications into order to get to university. He spent a year studying for the Access to HE Diploma and retook his GCSEs in maths and English at the same time. He achieved Distinction in all the graded units on the Access course, producing consistently high quality work. Matthew’s project was on his own personal area of interest - kayaking. He is proof that dyslexia doesn’t have to be a barrier to achievement.

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